Aug 13 2014

DIY Gift Idea // Chalkboard Lunchbox

Have a little one going back to school? Make sure your kids know just how special they are every single day of the year by making them an easy DIY Chalkboard Lunchbox.

Back to School Lunchbox

Step 1:  Purchase a cute tin lunchbox (we love these Fender finds from amazon)

Step 2: Get Chalkboard Paint and Sponge Brushes

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Step 3: Cover the edges of the tin box with painters tape and begin to paint the top section with the chalkboard tape. 2 coasts works best. Let dry in between coats and then overnight.

Step 4: Write a sweet note each morning to your little one, change it depending on the day!

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Step 5: Start adding in some healthy elements.  Suprise them with a hidden  banana note.  Use a tack to write the note in the skin and by the time it’s lunchtime it will “magically” appear

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Banana Lunchbox Note

Step 6: Add in some more healthy elements like the widely popular coconut water craze, Vita Coco, now has a line especially for kids and their back to school lunchboxes!

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Check out our other DIY Gifting Ideas here!

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Aug 13 2014

DIY Gift Ideas // Bubbly + Heart Shaped Sparklers

Create a DIY Rosé + Heart Shaped Sparkler gift for your next engagement party or romantic gifting occasion. It’s sweet and affordable, plus the heart shaped sparklers will leave the happy couple with the most memorable photo opps.  

Supplies:

- Heart Sparklers – available at Beacoup

- Bottle of Rosé – Try this Brut Rosé from Gruet Winery

- Velour Ribbon – Not easy to find in stores, we ordered on Amazon Prime (obvi)

 

DIY Heart Shaped Sparkler Champagne

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Aug 13 2014

Gift Guide // Back To School Gift Picks

 

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FOR THE DUDES

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Hey Handsome Shaving Kit Bag – $68

FOR THE CUSTOM ADDICT

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Custom Mugs, iPhone Cases & More With Retro Name Signs – starting at $60 // GET 15% Off Code

FOR THE (ORGANIZED) GOLDEN GIRL

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Kate Spade Gold Acrylic Stapler – $28 from SeeJaneWork.com

FOR THE HIP KID

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DIY Chalkboard Healthy Lunchbox – Check out how to make this here.

FOR THE TRENDY TEEN

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Tattly Temporary Tattoos in Gold Floral & Paint Strokes Planning Sheets – $5 for a set of 2, $12 for notepad

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Aug 13 2014

Gift Guide // Gifts Ideas For Summer Celebrations (Seen on NY1 New York)

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1. Couch Guest Book   // $15  2. DIY Gruet Rose Bubbly + Heart Sparkler  // $17 for bottle  3. Mermaid Tails  // 10% off with code 4. Custom Photo Beach Towels  // Starting at $39 (originally $69)  5. Custom Leather Luggage Tags  // $81 for a pair

Check out our Gift Guide Live on NY1 New York News from 8/16/2014

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Jul 30 2014

8 DIY Gift Ideas for Bridesmaids and Groomsmen We Heart From Pinterest

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Here at TGI we’re all about helping you give the most unique gifts for every occasion! In honor of wedding season, we’ve put together a list of our favorite DIY gifts for both bridesmaids and groomsmen. The best gifts are those that have a personal touch! Check out these DIY projects and WOW your friends! (Browse our board for more inspiration)

1. Teacup Candles

// From Hey Gorg

Revive old teacups by making them into candles! // From Hey Gorg 

2. Bridal Clutches

Give a clutch with a twist. What a fun memento for a special day!

Give a clutch with a twist. What a fun memento for a special day! // Found on GreenWeddingShoes

 3. Custom Wine Bottle Labels

Something every bridesmaid will love! // From TenTwelveDesigns

Something every bridesmaid will love! // From TenTwelveDesigns

4. Bridal Boxes

Custom bridal boxes made by yours truly, check out our how-to!

Custom bridal boxes made by yours truly, check out our How To!

5. Groomsmen Drink and Cigar Packages

// From Happy Family Design Studios

Give the groomsmen what they really want! How could they say no? // From Happy Family Design Studios

6. Suspenders

// From Martha Stewart

There is something so charming about these.. your groomsmen are sure to agree! // From Martha Stewart

7. Bottle Covers

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A trendy shirt cover for your bottles? We can dig it!! // From WaveSong on Etsy


8. Groomsmen Gift Boxes

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A box with all the necessary fixings! A totally easy thing to put together! // From Style Me Pretty

 

Be sure to browse our Bridal Party Gift section for ideas you can purchase or our other DIY Pinterest posts on Bachelorette Parties or Gift Wrapping Ideas.

 

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Jul 15 2014

Gift Guide // Summer Party Gift Ideas to Get You Invited Back

We’ve rounded up our favorite Gifts to Bring Your Host or Hostess for a Summer Party.  We’re highlighting them on Fox2 Detroit on July 16th and Fox 32 Chicago on July 18th. (view video clips below)

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*Enter here to the win the Fiesta Private Island above ($599.00 Value!)

DIY BBQ Basket With a Healthy Twist 
Summer parties are a dangerous time to stick to your good eating habits, put together a basket of goodies for your next BBQ with some healthy alternatives.  Fill with BBQ popchips, (gluten-free and half the fat as regular BBQ Chips) add some fun napkins, a mit, special spices and favorite condiments and put in a reusable container.
Read the full DIY Post Here

DIY Summer BBQ Gift Basket

Hardsoap Dispensers
Fun, functional, eco-friendly and a perfect gift for your male host, these recycled booze bottles made into soap dispensers are a fun gift to bring your Jack or Captain loving bud.
Buy Here, Use Code “HARDSOAP” for 20% off 

 

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Gift of the Month Clubs from ClubsGalore
Even after the party or the weekend stay is over, let your hosts enjoy a little gift every month on you.  Send them a Home Spa Gift monthly, a Cocktail Party of the Month Club, Bacon of the Month or one of ClubGalore’s 36 club options. Use Code: INSIDER for 10% off any order + free shipping

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Electric Bug Zapper from 13Deals
This Electric Bug Zapper is the fastest, cheapest and actually fun way to get rid of bugs while out in the summer. Low output power constitutes no real hazard, just hold up the racket & say goodbye to bugs.
Buy Here, HUGE FLASH DEAL – Pack of 2, was $29.98, now $4.99

 

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“House Wine” in a Box
The very popular “House Wine” bottles now come in a cool, hip and cheeky House Wine Box.  It’s the perfect affordable hostess gift with a little more personality than your usual bottle of wine.$24.99  Buy Here

 

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Wine Sak Purse 
This vacuum wine bag looks great on your arm, has a spout and keeps your wine from going sour for up to 6 days. It’s great for the party animal who knows how to bring wine with class!
$69.95, Wine Sak

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Parachute Hammock from 13Deals  

Lightweight comfortable parachute silk hammock is perfect for camping or backpacking. Comes w/ travel bag all weighing just a pound & comes w.2 hanging hooks & rope. Huge deal! Retails for $69.99, now $19.49

 

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The Fiesta Private Island from Skymall (WIN IT!)

The Fiesta Private Island is an 8 person raft that will make any pool party, lake day or boating adventure into one for the memory books. We’re giving one away on TheGiftInsider.com ($599.00 Value)FiestaPrivateIsland_2 

View The Gift Insider chatting about all of these gifts on Fox 2 Detroit news below! 

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Jul 15 2014

Win it! A Fiesta Private Island from Skymall ($599.00 Value)

The Fiesta Private Island is a float that seats 8 (you+ 7 of your closest friends.)  It’s one of those wishlist items that we all wish we had, but might not totally be on the “necessity” list.  Because we are all about trying to help you all get what you’ve always wanted, we teamed up with the folks at Skymall to giveaway a Sportstuff’s Fiesta Private Island to one lucky summer reader!

Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below, last day to enter is 9/1/2014.

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Jul 14 2014

DIY Gift Idea // Summer BBQ Gift Basket

Who can get enough summer pool parties, BBQs and lake days?  Make sure to show your host or hostess how much you appreciate their hospitality with a thoughtful, easy and healthy DIY BBQ Basket.

What We Used:

- Grilling Mit, Spatula and Ketchup and Mustard Bottles from Target

- BBQ Pop Chips (our favorite easy + healthy summer snack to bring!)

McClure’s Pickles (Detroit’s Own!)

- Stubb’s BBQ Sauce

- Detroit Greektown Spices from the Detroit Shoppe

DIY Summer BBQ Gift Basket

What have you put in a quick and easy summer hostess gift? Comment below!

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Jul 8 2014

A Whimsical July 4th Engagement Party

My fiance and I had the most magical  July 4th Engagement party this past weekend at the home I grew up in.  I wanted to share with you some fun and whismical details that helped make the event so incredibly special.

Custom Confetti by The Confetti Bar / Letter Garlands by MintLovesSocialClub / DIY Fringe backdrop / Huge Blow Up Swan on Amazon / Heart Sparklers by Beaucoup /  Custom Matches by ForYourParty / Tables and Chairs from Gerych Designs / DIY Mason Jar Flowers / Huge Fringe Balloons by Confetti and Co / LOVE Napkins by Zazzle/

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It was such a magical and special night, I love sharing this time of my life with all of you.  We’d love to hear about your summer festivites and July 4th.  Leave us comments below!

If you are in party mode, be sure to check out some of our other parties we’ve done, a 90′s Themed Party, or here are ideas on Engagement Gifts and Gifting etiquette.

 

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Jun 30 2014

DIY Gift Ideas – Will You Be My Bridesmaid Boxes

We had such a fun time making our DIY Bridesmaid Boxes to ask our most cherished friends to be a part of our wedding next summer.

Here’s what we did and what we used!

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Supplies:

- “Will You Be My Bridesmaid” Paper Dolls by FirstSnowfall 

- Washi tape & velvet ribbon

- Glitter Alphabet Stickers

- Pink Boxes from Target

- Notepads from Target

- French Macaroons

- DIY Glittler Chamgagne (Mini Champagne Bottles, Glitter, Spray Glue)

- Nail Polish & Matching Nail Files

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Tell us! How did you guys ask your bridesmaids to be a part of your special day?  For day-of gifts and to help your groom out with gifts for his Groomsmen feel free to browse our Wedding Party Gifts section.

 

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